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Fall TV - You Were Worth the Wait

TeLots of death in the news these days. It seems like tons of actors, both old and young (relatively), have dropped dead in the past 6 months or so. Or at least that seems to be dominating the celebrity news at the moment. That and babies, of course. And you know that the gossip is slow going when all there is to report is birth and death. I don't know if it's that younger celebrities are a little more level-headed or if it's that the political climate has been so intense that no one wants to go out and party anymore, but the biggest scandal we've got right now is all about the candidates. Where are the celebs?! At least now that the fall season is here, we can all live vicariously through our soon-to-be new favorite high school TV characters whose teenage lives are infinitely more exciting than mine in my mid-20's.

The Much Anticipated...90210

Gotta give props to the CW, who did the premiere of 90210 the right way, by not releasing advanced copies of the pilot and throwing a huge party. So I guess that means that the Blogulator is actually breaking the news this time. Score!

All of the Blogulator predictions have been DEAD on. I'm watching the 2 hour premiere of the new 90210 as I am blogging and so far, it is awesome! And I'm only 10 minutes into it. So far, it has combined the quirky bitchiness of Arrested Development, the sexiness of Gossip Girl, the scandals and addictions of The O.C., the zany flashbacks of Scrubs, and self-aware, meta jokes about the original series. It even includes jokes about unequal punishments for the daughter, Annie (Shenae Grimes), and the son, Dixon (Tristan Wilds). Referencing both The O.C. and Gossip Girl, the first episode features both "the new guy," Dixon, starting a fight with one of the jocks and a social gossip network that everyone in the school is tuned into. And of course, someone's reputation is ruined by rumors spread around the school. It is definitely way more risqué than the wholesome, family-oriented, always-teaching-us-a-lesson original 90210.

Thus far, the drama with the adults is also a lot more interesting than they could ever make it on the original. Don't let Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) from Full House playing the mom fool you. I think it helps that the main characters' father is the principal at the school and constantly dealing with it; that way the stories are intertwined. He doesn't know when to be a father and when to be a principal! Does he punish his adopted son, Dixon, or does he forgive him?! What a dilemma! It also helps that we get introduced to the snooty, rich grandmother, played by Jessica Walter, who basically plays the same character as she does in Arrested Development. Also in this episode, we get an update on the old cast - well, some of them. Brandon is in Belize for some unexplained reason. Brenda is in town directing a play. **spoiler?**Kelly has a 4-year-old son, but I'm not really sure who the father is. And there may or may not be something between Kelly and the hip, young English teacher. Only time will tell.

So far so good, fall line-up! Keep up the good work.

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  1. Blogger qualler | 10:36 PM |  

    Yes! Also at the beginning we got a glimpse of Andrea Zuckerman's daughter, Hannah Zuckerman-Rodriguez! And that girl Silver is Kelly Taylor and David Silver's half-sister! Booyah, connections! Beyond the awesome connections, though, I'm kind of bored so far.

  2. Blogger Lady Amy | 10:51 PM |  

    I have high hopes. I just don't think they should have done a 2 hour premiere, since they couldn't sustain it for the second hour.

  3. Blogger chris | 10:18 AM |  

    Isn't it Zuckerman-Vasquez? I swear Jesse has a different stereotypical latino surname...how did they find a half-jewish/half-latino 14-year-old anyway?

  4. Blogger Brigitte | 10:19 AM |  

    yes, the premier was way too long. also, there weren't enough reminders that we were in beverly hills (like in the original series--shots of ladies in bikinis, surfers, street signs, etc). there were some, but not enough. and i have to say, so far i care more about plot lines connected with the original series and old characters than i do about these new characters. but, i'm keeping my fingers crossed...

  5. Blogger Brigitte | 10:20 AM |  

    chris is correct. vasquez. and chris, i think they just found an actor with dark hair.

  6. Blogger qualler | 10:24 AM |  

    My bad - Zuckerman-Vasquez. I missed this line, but apparently one of the characters said about Hannah Zuckerman-Vasquez, "What is she, 30?" What is this, fan fiction written by us?

  7. Blogger Lady Amy | 10:28 AM |  

    That was the TEACHER who said that!

  8. Blogger Sean | 1:29 PM |  

    this premiere was lame. not because i didn't enjoy the cast, the jokes, the drama, etc. it was lame because the stories, although entertaining, are totally played out.

    the gossiping blog...
    the used to be friends but now are enemies..
    the parents that used to date..
    super wealthy people..

    come on, tv! think up some new dramas and stop recycling the old.

  9. Blogger qualler | 1:34 PM |  

    I gotta agree with Sean -- if it weren't tied into the 90210 legacy, it would just be a more competently written and acted "Secret Life of the American Teenager" -- so far, nothing other than the 90210ld references really pops out at me.

  10. Blogger chris | 2:57 PM |  

    Oh no Sean's list makes it sound just like Gossip Girl. How sad. The CW better put it up streaming on their site!

  11. Blogger Sean | 3:12 PM |  

    it totally is, chris. it's Gossip Girl: West Coast.

    did anyone see the ad for the new "confessions of a shopaholic" movie? it stars the girl from hot rod. that movie makes me wonder how many lame "confessions of..." stories are there out there?

    cliche title alert!

  12. Blogger qualler | 3:16 PM |  

    Say what you will about Gossip Girl, but at least it has the advantage of having some memorable characters and an origial plot device (the Gossip Girl narration). The new 90210 seems to have only the bland situations and hokey dialogue.

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